Riverbend Ramblings

~Riverbend Ramblings~
The days are long, but the years are short.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
From our house to yours, may you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1 KJV


Thursday, November 20, 2008
Seven years ago today...
God blessed us with baby #3, our beautiful Curly Girl. She brings us so much joy as she "flutters" about and finds delight in the simple things: bugs, baby dolls, and sweet treats. There is a special light in her eyes, a combination of joy and innocence. Every day she puts a smile on my face. Happy Birthday, Hope! You are one very loved little girl! :)

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
early morning backyard view
Is the heat on???? It's a chilly 38 degrees this morning here in sunny Central Florida, but I'm feeling cozy with socks on my feet and a mug of steaming hot cocoa next to the keyboard. Life is good. :) I'm going to beg sweetly ask my hubby if we can put our fireplace to work. It would feel like we were back in Georgia...almost. :) The last couple of weeks I've been on a blogging break busy with life and pondering the future of Riverbend Ramblings. When I first started blogging I lived far away from family and close friends. My husband pastored a small church, and most of my time was filled with homeschooling, cooking, and cleaning. Blogging provided me with an outlet to share about my life. Since moving back to Florida, however, my life is not quite so simple. While I still homeschool my youngest child and continue to care for my home and family, there are now many other things that require my attention. My ministry outside my home has expanded. In addition to busy days, there's also the whole privacy issue. I'm not so anonymous anymore. My fishbowl has been enlarged, so to speak. While only a very few of the 1,500 or so people who attended our church this past Sunday know my blog exists, I still don't feel comfortable sharing as many details about the ins and outs of my daily life as I used to share without so much hesitation. While I never wish to come across through my writing as a "perfect pastor's wife" (which I most certainly am not!), I must consider the position in which the Lord has placed my husband and our family. We do need a measure of privacy. I would never want to do anything to hinder our family's testimony before the Lord. I have shared my concerns with my husband, and he has encouraged me to continue blogging about whatever I feel comfortable with. I want blogging to be enjoyable, not something that brings unnecessary worry or stress. My time is precious, and while I so enjoy "visiting" with my blogging buddies, something has to give. The computer is a wonderful outlet, but it can be a time robber as well. I have prayerfully gone through the list of blogs I visit and whittled it down considerably. I have a scheduled amount of computer time each day, and when my timer goes off, I'm done. I will do my best to post a few times each week, but I will not be a slave to blogging! If I do not post for several days you will know that all is well, but that my priorities are as they should be. If you don't already subscribe to some type of feed reader like Bloglines or Google Reader, let me encourage you to do so. You won't feel frustrated checking for new posts all the time. Hopefully I'll be able to get you caught up on our recent happenings soon, and I am thinking about changing the look around here, too. Gotta move the furniture every once in a while. :) Above all, it is my desire to be pleasing to the Lord in all things, including this blog. It is His approval that I seek, not the approval of man. I want to bring Him glory with my life.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 KJV

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Monday, November 03, 2008
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. ~Psalm 90:12 KJV
It's time for me to take a break from blogging. My days are filled to the brim right now, and computer time is just not a priority for me. When I do have a few spare moments it seems like there are so many more productive things for me to do. Comments will remain open and will be moderated as time allows. See you soon, Lord willing! :)

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